Do you want advice on your writing? Have you got a half-finished manuscript that you just don’t know how to finish? Are you wanting to get your short stories published, but you don’t know how? Do you need some help in finding your way as a writer? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then maybe you need a mentor!
One-on-one mentoring can be a great way of getting feedback on your work, and moving things on to the next level. Both Hannah and Will at Wind&Bones are experienced with working with writers at all stages in their careers.
We offer mentoring in person (currently in Sofia, Bulgaria), or remotely via Skype. We take payment in Bulgarian leva by bank card, or in Euros by bank transfer.
What is mentoring?
The word ‘mentor’ goes back to Homer’s Odyssey, where Mentor was the name of the advisor to Odysseus’s son Telemachus. The word is related to the Sanskrit mantṛ, meaning ‘adviser’ or ‘counsellor’.
Mentoring is about supporting you to attain your goals as a writer. As mentors, we listen carefully to what you are trying to achieve, and we use our experience to help you get there.
Why have a mentor?
All writers need support, and nobody writes in a vacuum. A mentor can do some or all of the following:
- give you feedback on work in progress
- help you refine and perfect your work
- introduce you to new strategies and approaches as a writer
- advise on editing, publishing and the professional writing world.
Who are we?
Hannah has a PhD in creative writing. She was winner of a 2012 Arts Council England competition for new writers. She has been published fiction and non-fiction widely with cutting-edge literary publishers including Unthank Books and Valley Press. Her short story collection In Their Absence, exploring missing people and broken lives, will be published in 2020.
Will has a PhD in philosophy. He is the author of eleven books. He writes fiction, nonfiction and for children. He has also extensive experience of academic writing. His next book is Hello Stranger: Stories of Connection in a Divided World (Granta 2020). He has publications with Knopf, Scholastic, Dorling Kindersley, Aeon Magazine, the BBC and others.
How does our mentoring scheme work?
We like to give hands-on, practical advice. So we have a three-stage process to help you get the most out of the mentoring relationship.
- We ask you to send us your work in advance.
- We read and mark-up the mansucript using Track Changes. We also write a report on the work, and we send you our feedback.
- We follow up with a one hour meeting, either face-to-face (central Sofia) or via Skype (elsewhere).
This is the basic outline, but we’re very flexible. So if this model doesn’t suit you, let us know, and we’ll see what we can do.
How much does it cost?
Our costs are based on the word-length of your manuscript.
2,500 words is a good minimum to give us something substantial to work on. Our costs for the whole package (reading, comprehensive feedback, follow-up meeting) in Bulgarian lev and in Euros are below:
- Up to 2,500 words: 175 lev / 90 euros
- Up to 5,000 words: 300 lev / 150 euros
- Up to 10,000 words: 550 lev / 280 euros
You can submit a single work, or a body of related work (for example, a number of short stories).